Toyota loses lawsuit challenge

Carmaker Toyota suffered a fresh blow in its class action lawsuit at the weekend, after a judge in the US said customers stand to recover compensation for the lost resale value of their cars, regardless of whether their car had suffered the notorious break fault. Toyota’s lawyers had challenged the ruling, arguing the case could involve roughly 40m customers if left unchanged. The carmaker insists its electronic throttle system is glitch-free, but has acknowledged ill-fitting floor mats and sticking gas pedals as the root cause for breaking problems. Both problems were addressed earlier this year in safety recalls encompassing 5.4m US vehicles.